Survey Cites PNG as Most Corrupt in Region

September 27, 2008 at 12:30 am (Uncategorized) (, )

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Race Relations: a comment 1973

September 24, 2008 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Deborah Ruiz Wall makes a comment about race relation in Komuniti, January 1973.

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Letters in the Sydney Morning Herald

September 19, 2008 at 6:16 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )


Time and tide waits for no man, including Costello

SMH 15/09/08

Despite announcing to everyone that he was ready for the leadership, Peter Costello could not seem to persuade anyone that he was. He couldn’t persuade John Howard, he couldn’t persuade his party, and the opinion polls showed he couldn’t persuade the electorate. As for the Liberals having a cult of the leader, no one was captivated by that more than Costello, who refused to challenge a leader he believed couldn’t win.

Costello wanted the leadership handed to him on a platter. He wasn’t prepared to do the hard graft of winning over the backbenchers, or to challenge, or to take on the leadership in opposition and prove his credentials at an election.

Perhaps, despite many qualities, he didn’t deserve to be prime minister.

Veronica Le Nevez Bexley

Brendan Nelson and a host of Liberal parliamentarians have said that Peter Costello has “earned the right” to decide when he leaves Parliament, based on his years of public service.

Is there any other profession in which you can draw your full salary, not perform your duties and spend your time parading yourself to alternative employers? Will the Liberal Party advocate the extension of this right to all public servants with long service? Will Nelson stand up for any nurses who are fired after choosing to exercise their “Costello rights”?

One can only wonder why the Government has been slow to make a similar point.

Geoff Austen Collaroy Plateau

Peter Costello has made it clear he intends to leave Parliament, but at his own convenience. He claims to represent his constituents, but it is clear his energies have been directed more towards writing and promoting his memoirs and seeking another position.

We elect members to represent our interests in Parliament and we expect them to give all their energy and ability.

Parliament is not a place where you park yourself to mark time or pursue private interests while receiving a higher salary than you are entitled to as a retired member.

Brian McGee Balgowlah

I have numerous books about men who have displayed inspiration, courage and leadership, combined with human frailties. Even if given a free copy of Peter Costello’s book, why would I bother to read about a whingeing, spineless, gutless wimp?

In the words of Wyatt Earp,

Peter, “you talk too much for a fighting man”.

Tony Nicod Mona Vale

Peter Costello can harp on about what might have been, but the facts are that he didn’t throw his hat in the ring and didn’t end up as leader. Or, as Shakespeare put it:

“There is a tide in the affairs

of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.”

David Wall Newtown


I see that Shakespeare, an American gunslinger and a 14th-century proverb have been invoked to explain poor Peter’s failure (Letters, September 15). May I suggest that Robbie Burns was much closer to the mark with “wee, sleekit, cow’rin’ tim’rous beastie”.

John Tuckfield Abbotsford    SMH  16/09/08


Before Peter Costello, or anyone else, rushes off to put into action David Wall’s advice from Shakespeare about taking the current when it serves (Letters, September 15), they ought to recall that those who took that advice lost their ventures, and their lives, in the ensuing battle.

Leonard Colquhoun Invermay (Tas)      SMH  17/09/08


An excellent response to my letter but it must also be remembered that Mark Antony after Brutus committed suicide said of him: “This was the noblest Roman of them all…” So, in a sense, I would still maintain that if nothing is ventured nothing is gained. Perhaps a rather mute point!

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National TV in PNG

September 19, 2008 at 12:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Papua New Guinea Premier Launches National Television Service

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 September 2008, 06:00 CDT

Text of report by Papua New Guinea newspaper The National website on 17 September

The National Television Service (NTS) was switched on at the Port Moresby studio at exactly 6 p.m. after the ceremonial launch in Wewak by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.

As the TV screens assembled outside the NBC Wewak studios showed the live transmission in front of the prime minister and invited guests, the PM hugged 10-year-old Manus twins Debbie and Barbie Sipasan and watched the screen with a big smile.

National Broadcasting Commission managing director Joseph Ealedona shed a few tears – overwhelmed with emotion to see the success of two years of hard work.

The prime minister had promised PNG that he would deliver an independence [anniversary] gift to the people on 16 September, a national television station.

Large screens were set up in Goroka, Mount Hagen, Rabaul and Port Moresby for the public to watch the new service of mostly pre- recorded programmes.

The first programmes that were watched on Channel Two from 6 p.m. were “Yumi Yet” – Independence Day celebrations in 1975 – followed by prime minister’s 33rd independence anniversary speech to the nation and launch of the NTS station ID Kundu 2.

Following that was the “Angels of War” movie about World War II in PNG. A local comedy, “Tinpis”, was then screened, to be followed by Communication Minister Patrick Tammur’s independence speech.

The station closed at 8 p.m. after a “Betelnut Business” documentary, which focused on the people’s love of the nut and how they make a living out of it.

Starting at 6 p.m. today would be the “PNG Experience” tourism programme. It will be followed by Healthy Promoting Schools and the first Kundu 2 national news at 7 p.m. After the news, a local movie titled “Anton” will be screened.

NTS will be managed by the National Broadcasting Commission. It would begin doing trial runs for two hours every day and gradually increase the hours over time.

Minister Tammur described the occasion as “the dawn of a new era” for PNG and the communication industry and committed the station to a lot of local content.

Sir Michael said the world will know PNG. He said many foreigners do not know much about PNG, except for Queenslanders and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He said by the end of the year, the world should know PNG.

[Wewak was chosen for the launch as Prime Minister Somare’s home town, the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier web site reported.]

Originally published by The National website, Port Moresby, in English 17 Sep 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Media. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

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Word Document of Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk

September 18, 2008 at 6:49 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

If you are interest just send me $5 or 5 Kina with your email address and the revised version of Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk is yours on a Word Document.

My address: David Wall, 152 Wilson Street, Newtown 2042 NSW Australia

If you really feel you can’t afford $5 just send me your email address and I’ll see what I can do.

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Dire Warning!

September 17, 2008 at 1:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

“We’re seeing something new with these older, heterosexual, Australian-based men with

high disposable incomes putting themselves at incredible risk with unprotected sex,

often after entertaining and drinking,” Dr Russell said.

“This cluster could just be the beginning of a very large outbreak,” he said. “It

indicates the HIV epidemic in Papua New Guinea is becoming more generalised,

 which puts these men at greater risk, and in that climate the numbers

 will only rise.”

Julia Medew

The Age  17/09/08

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Never a dull moment in Angoram!

September 12, 2008 at 8:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )



What I liked about Angoram, in the old days, was that there was never a dull moment.

The every-day events of life seemed to inevitability take on aspects of high drama. People, or at least expatriates, got carried away over the mundane. This may have seemed like an overreaction, sometimes, but it did add spice to our lives.

The above correspondence highlights my point.

I had a high regard for the people mentioned. Sanderson was an advocate of law and order who had many fine qualities. Donovan had the community’s interests at heart.

There were thousands of stories about the residents of Angoram. This is just one of them.

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Short Story by Deborah Ruiz Wall

September 12, 2008 at 3:24 am (Fiction, Short Story) (, , , , , )

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Chief Minister Michael Somare, Visits Angoram, Feb. 1973

September 11, 2008 at 4:09 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Komunti, made a full report of this visit. You can imagine what an occasion this was. Here was one of the sons of the sub-district returning to the town as the country’s first Chief Minister. At this stage, Michael appeared like an inspired and idealist leader as well as a man with a lot of personal charm. At the time his mother and father lived in Angoram and were both liked and highly respected. I wonder if he fully realized what he was taking on and how he was being used by the metropolitan power, Australia, to divest itself of its colonial possession.

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Deborah Ruiz Wall, Vietnam 2

September 10, 2008 at 2:54 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )


Deborah Ruiz Wall, Vietnam 2



Deborah’s email:

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